App Review #1: Remote

So I thought I’d try something a bit different for the site. If you’re a regular reader here at cotygonzales.com then you know that I am passionate not only about T-Shirts but also the Apple platform and all that entails. I’d like to start a regular video segment for the site were I, the captain of this intrepid blog, review my favorite iPhone applications.

I start with an app that I’ve had on my iPhone for a while now but never got around to playing with until this past week. It’s the Remote app from Apple. The Remote app is an excellent way to control your iTunes Library or Apple TV from a distance. Here’s what I had to say:

Remote
Apple, Inc.
Category: Entertainment
1.4 MB
Free

Spiritual Symphony by Jeff Battocletti is available at Threadless.

Spiritual Symphony

Co-Tee TV Episode 13: X-Ray Goggles, Linty Fresh and Mack

In this episode I wear X-Ray Goggles Work by Tony Aguero from Threadless and review Mack Hated Mondays from Linty Fresh, a brand run entirely by Eric Terry out of his home in Marietta, Georgia, and specializing in character driven designs that are accompanied with a story or poem to match. As always, enjoy with tea and a comfy tee!

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod or iPhone by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

Coty’s Thoughts:

Mack Hated Mondays by Linty Fresh. Good: Huge print, love the colors, the pink and yellow pop nicely against the black, printed on an American Apparel blank, screen printed in three different areas, tagless for itch free comfort, great presentation with custom packaging and lots of extra goodies included with package. Bad: If I am being honest, I had no complaints. Linty Fresh has excellent products and I am happy that I finally got to get my hands on them. Price: $22.00.

Mack Hated Mondays by Linty Fresh

X-Ray Goggles Work by Tony Aguero and available at Threadless. This is one of those shirts that scream look at me! I love it! And I still wish I had a pair of X-Ray Goggles. Price: $18.00 originally but no longer available for sale.

X-Ray Goggles Work by Tony Aguero

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Co-Tee TV Announcements

The last 7 or so months blogging about the indie tee community has been amazing! I’ve been having so much fun writing about some great indie tee brands and designers. And I’ve met some amazing people during this time.

I just wanted to let you guys know that along with this blog, I now also write at T-Shirt Magazine and Tee-Junction. Moust from T-Shirt Magazine has been awesome to work with and through him I have been able to interview some up and coming designers and brands, some of which, I had never heard of before. Likewise, Adam Fletcher of Tee-Junction has been such a pleasure to work with! He has given me creative freedom to write at Tee-Junction on a daily basis and I have been having a blast doing just that.

Co-Tee TV Video

The video blogs have been doing great! I currently have two shows that are available for your viewing pleasure. I’ve re-branded my Glorious Nonsensities Tee Review podcast, it is now called Co-Tee TV! I thought that the old name was a bit long winded. Co-Tee TV is now available on Vimeo, Viddler, Blip.TV and most recently, YouTube! If you’re into the YouTube community than feel free to subscribe to my videos – you’ll be notified each time I post a new episode!

And it gets even better. All past and future episodes are now also available on iTunes! This is amazing for me especially since I am such a huge Apple fanboy! What does this whole iTunes thing-a-ma-jig mean to you? Well if you’ve got iTunes installed on your computer you can subscribe to my podcast and have all episodes of Co-Tee TV downloaded straight to your computer. And if you’re an iPod or iPhone user you can sync Co-Tee TV episodes so that they go straight to your portable device. Pure awesomeness.

Co-Tee TV on iTunes

Coty Loves Threadless TV has been going good as well. Despite a lack of Seesmic activity, I have had a positive response from regular readers of my site. I will be adding Coty Loves Threadless to my YouTube channel from now on, too, so that I can take advantage of the huge community of YouTuber’s. Pumping out two video blogs every week has been a fun experience. Didn’t think I would be able to pull it off, but, I have and so I will continue to pump out original and fun content!

And finally, Twitter! This social network has been amazingly good to me. The amount of interaction that is possible, instantly through Twitter, blows mind. If you’re on Twitter then add me, I am twitter.com/cotygonzales.

A huge thanks to all the readers at cotygonzales.com! I appreciate all of your support. You are all awesome.

5 Tips That Will Improve Your Online Store

Places like Big Cartel make it easy for anyone interested in selling their custom merchandise to folks in InternetLAND. Big Cartel offers a slew of options and the ability to customize individual stores. Here I offer a few easy tips that people can use to enhance their online stores, like the ones on Big Cartel, and a couple of more complex tips that can be used by people that have coded their own shops and built their sites from scratch.

Each of these tips will hopefully increase user interaction and improve the way that people browse and purchase tees from your site!

1. Large Previews. One of the things that annoy me the most about online stores are small previews. If I can’t get a nice large view of the product then chances are I won’t buy the item. Thumbnails are too small to get an idea of the detail of the design. Threadless uses nice and large preview images for each of the shirts that they sell. They use previews that are 640 pixels wide – this is a nice size, anything larger might be overkill. 

2. Actual Product Shots. Photoshop mockups are great and look nice but what’s even better are actual shots of the printed item to supplement the mockups. You can do this by doing you own photo shoot or you can make it interactive by encouraging buyers or fans of your brand to send you their photos. Another idea would be to set up a Flickr account for your brand and have a Flickr group so that your customers who are Flickr users can upload their photos directly to your group. 

3. Make Your Site Social. Comments are great to building a community. Why not have the ability for users to make comments on individual product pages. iTunes does this quite well by allowing members of the iTunes community to comment and rate tunes that they purchase. Wouldn’t it be great if you could leave a comment and even rate tees that you purchased on the product page of the design you loved? 

4. Top Sellers List. Having a section that lists the top 5 or 10 designs in your store is a great way to sell even more of your most popular items. People tend to gravitate toward items that they know are popular. These can either be based on sales, ratings or a combination of both. Having a Top Sellers or Popular Items list points these customers in the right direction! 

5. Out of Print Gallery. Indie tee designs are pieces of art and they should be treated as such. I often wonder what out-of-print designs from my favorite designers looked like. Why not have a section set up that showed off your designs that people can NO LONGER buy. Make people want what they can’t have! This will make people want to buy items that you currently have in stock (in fear of them being sold out and gone forever) and will provide word of mouth (they’ll start talking about your old stuff that they can’t have).

Do you run your own online store and have tips that you would like to add? Feel free to mention them in the comment section below! Think these ideas suck or wouldn’t work – let me know why!

Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through The Static Tour Posters

I discovered these posters on Jack Johnson’s site and absolutely love them. These are limited edition posters made for Jack’s 2008 Sleep Through The Static Tour. Each of these posters represent a different city from Jack’s summer tour and each of the 15 posters were made by a different artist. I just love the colors and the artwork. Don’t you think they go well with Jack’s music?

By the way, a collection of Sleep Through The Static remixes were released on iTunes this past week. On it you can find remixes of Hope (2 versions), Losing Keys, Monsoon, Angel, They Do, They Don’t, and If I Had Eyes. There are also three videos that come with this release, including a Sleep Through The Static/I Love You and Buddha Too, Enemy and Adrift. Be sure to check it out!

Here are 6 of my faves of the 15 limited edition posters. What do you think about them?


And to keep the Jack Johnson/Apple theme going, here’s a video of Jack performing at the Apple Media Event a few weeks ago, when they unveiled those disturbingly beautiful new iPod Nano’s.

I’ve Broken the 20,000 Song Barrier

Here’s a blog post I made in October of 2006:

“So I was doing some work and I look up to see my iTunes window. And I think to myself, hmmm, “how close am I to 10,000 songs?” So I take a look. And to my suprise, I actually hit 10,001! Weird, I tell you, weird. Freakingly weird, in fact.
But anyways, do you know how much music 10,001 songs is? Well first of all, it is 41.71 GB worth, thats how much. Secondly, it is enough to play music continuously for 25.4 days! Crazy huh. Crazy.

For the record, last song I played was (checking now)…”Famous Last Words” by My Chemical Romance.”

Well, less than two years later, I have doubled that amount. I find this amazing as the initial 10,000 songs took about 4 years or so to build. The funny thing is, I haven’t even yet imported all of my CD’s (yeah, remember those shiny thing-a-ma-bobs). So, 20,000 songs later, I’m out nearly 90 GB (yes, NINETY GIGABYTES). That’s enough music to last me 50 days. And I still I have the rest of my CD collection to import! Well, here’s to the next 10,000.

And for the record, the last set of songs imported were from the Beastie Boys Discography!

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